More staff to enforce ordinance
The government will hire more staff next year to enforce the Chinese Medicine Ordinance. All provisions of the ordinance, which governs possession, sale, import and export of Chinese herbal medicines, take effect in January. Provisions relating to the licensing of Chinese medicine traders have been in effect since 2003. Deputy secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Patrick Nip Tak-kuen told the Legislative Council's health services panel yesterday most of about 6,000 applications for licences had been approved. Deputy Director of Health Gloria Tam Lai-fan said funding would be sought to hire the additional staff.